Friday, April 10, 2015

Video: The Written Conclusion - Proof Argument

Research breakthroughs and methodology breakthroughs are becoming common place during our study groups over on Google+. Why? Because our participants are willing to put their homework "out there" for participants to dissect. Case in point: this morning's Written Conclusion Study Group where we focused on proof arguments. Our syllabus is Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof. (1) Homework is submitted before class.

Sure you can read these "selected" comments and view the archived video here, but more is available over on Google+ where 58 comments were posted before, during and after this scheduled Hangout on Air. Here's the direct link:

Cousin Russ Worthington explained:
"We had another breakthrough, Live, in the Google+ Hangout On Air. While the HOA was live, VIEWers were helping other VIEWers, and another breakthrough occurred! Collaboration, Communication, within a Community is AWESOME. What a GREAT series of homework for this difficult part of Chapter 7 of the Genealogical Proof Standard. Forgot to say that the JOINers, those that are in the filmstrip, have also had breakthroughs in their research, while we were talking. It's so much fun."
 From Michelle Roos Goodrum via Google+ during this Hangout on Air:
"I learned a couple of valuable lessons by going through this exercise. First, by writing up the proof argument, I saw that there really was a case. Second, I saw where some holes were. The feedback is huge because we need those additional eyes to pick up on what we miss. Or what we don't see because we're too close to the research."
Molly McKinley also had a breakthrough this morning! She wrote on Google+:
"I had a real "Ah Ha!" moment in class today. I realized I have several proof arguments needed to some of my findings in my database. I need to write how I got the information I have. the path taken and why I believe the info to be true. Guess I've got some work to"
Cary Bright chimed in via G+:
"I think Cousin Russ' suggestion of a "children's birth table" does become a timeline and I would add the census columns to it so it is all in one place for us to compare and contrast her case."
Barbara Gressel wrote via G+ 
"Since so much is involved in putting a proof argument together, and in my case, so much information needed to be gathered to prove my ancestor's life, I couldn't just limit the proof argument to one aspect of his life (for example: when was he born). How much is considered too much information?"
Ol' Myrt here responds to Barbara:
"Limit the proof argument to one question about the ancestor, like "When was he born?" or "Who did he marry?" As a result of this, you may end up with several proof arguments for a particularly elusive ancestor."

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(1) Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013). [Book available from the publisher at , also available in Kindle format through]

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Myrt :)
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